Trial Lecture at the University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Humanities



The trial lecture is a teaching situation which can be imagined as arising in the course of the duties belonging to the post applied for. It is most typically a lecture-type presentation.

The audience to whom the trial lecture is considered to be directed are students in the field of study in question. The candidate should consider informing the board of examiners at the beginning of his or her demonstration as to the level of study at which the trial lecture is aimed.

The duration of the trial lecture is 20 minutes. If this time is exceeded, the presentation may be stopped. Notes can be used as a support during the trial lecture, but the presentation should be given extempore; it should not be read from a prepared script.

The candidate may distribute handouts and use audio-visual equipment while giving the lecture. If they are used, the handouts are to be provided by the candidate him/herself. If the candidate wishes to use audio-visual equipment he or she should inform either the department in question or, if the trial lecture is attended and evaluated by the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Office before-hand.

Public access to the trial lecture

The trial lecture is public to the extent that teachers and students of the field of study concerned can attend it. Other candidates for the same post are not allowed to attend the presentation. Public access applies only to the presentation; the presence of the public is not allowed during the evaluation of the trial lecture.

Evaluation of the trial lecture

In the evaluation of the trial lecture due attention is paid to the following criteria:

- the contents and their relevance to the field of study of the post
- the suitability of the material for the chosen target group
- the candidate's mastery of the subject; and exploitation of up-to-date research information
- contact with the audience; capturing and maintaining their interest
- choice of the point of view; argumentation
- the structure of the presentation; timekeeping
- the illustration of the presentation, teaching material, use of the audio-visual equipment

Trial lectures are assessed using the grading scale excellent, very good, good, satisfactory, pass, fail. An extract of the records of the board of examiners, including the grade given, will be sent to the candidate after the presentation. The grade awarded is public.